Ellie’s birthday present from us this year was a dress that I sewed for her. This was the first piece of clothing (other than some simple pants) that I had sewn for her and now I’m hooked! I want to sew all her clothes now. I just need a nanny to watch my kids! 😉
I used the “Family Reunion” pattern from Olive + S and fabric that I bought for Ellie while we were on vacation in Montana. I can’t say enough good things about this pattern. It wasn’t cheap but it taught me so much about dressmaking and was really easy to follow. I now have a whole set of new sewing skills, thanks to this dress!
I took the rest of these pictures while she was coloring with sidewalk chalk so the pictures aren’t super clear (too much industrious coloring).
pintucks on the back too with a button placket! (Sharp eyes will notice that I still have one buttonhole and button to finish – after she put it on this past Sunday, I just sewed it closed with a couple stitches. I’ll finish it soon!)
All in all, this was a super fun project. I stayed up way too late for 3-4 nights to get it done but I’m glad I did! And I’m especially glad she consented to wear it on Sunday for Mark’s baptism (more on that to come). I was afraid she would mutiny!
And yes, about the blog post title – I also did some sewing on this while Ellie was awake because I never would have finished it otherwise. I was trying to be sneaky about it but at one point, she looked at me and said, “Are you sewing a dress for Ellie’s body?” I had to answer, “Yes,” and she just nodded as if to say, “I knew it,” and went back to playing!